The urban refugee crisis

The Syrian refugee crisis has highlighted the urgent need to address the multi-dimensional challenges presented by urban refugees more effectively. In particular, a municipal approach that better coordinates the efforts of national and local authorities, with an eye to increasing local capacity and building social cohesion, is needed.

Somalia’s ever-arduous transition

The presidential election in Somalia has afforded Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed a strong mandate to forge a viable state. But there is much to be done before the UN mission in Somalia departs.

US Latin America policy under Trump

Trump's Latin America policy, so far subdued, may become more active. But the administration's tilt against trade agreements could present opportunities for China in the region.

The future of US Syria policy

Despite campaign rhetoric suggesting bold changes to US Syria policy, President Trump has few realistic military or political options for major departures from Obama's policy.

Colombia: what comes next?

The revised peace agreement in Colombia, though still controversial, is salutary. But it will be an arduous process to implement the agreement effectively.

The percolating proxy war in Yemen

Saudi Arabia and the UAE's military intervention against the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, hesitantly supported by the US, is taking a severe toll on the country.

Trump and the US intelligence community

President Trump has publicly denigrated the value of the United States' intelligence community, imperilling the morale and retention of intelligence officers.

Social divisions and rising terrorist violence in Turkey

In the past 18 months, Turkey has not appreciably reduced Kurdish militant groups' terrorist capabilities or addressed the root causes of their grievances. The country has grown less tolerant of Islamic State activity, and friction between Turkey and its NATO allies has impeded intelligence-sharing about terrorist threats. Accordingly, the level of terrorist violence in Turkey appears set to rise in the months ahead, potentially leading to domestic instability and severe damage to the country’s social fabric.